Something to Ponder on July 4th- Again

from last year:

Something to ponder on July 4th:
-Have opinions. Be able to defend your opinions. Do not expect everyone will agree with you. Do not call people names. Engage opinions of others that you find untrue and tell them why. Persuade and be persuaded. Do not agree for the sake of agreement. Do not go with the crowd because it is the popular thing to do (unless the crowd is right). Question your presuppositions and your post-suppositions. Stand for something bigger than yourself.

In order to perpetuate freedom of thought and expression and to honor those who do not have or have not had access to it, we are obligated to have this type of discourse in society.

Great Speech by Senator

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4558256/senator-ben-sasse-maiden-senate-floor-speech

AMAZING speech that challenges the Senate and the direction of our country. This is truly reaching across the isle and I commend his courage as a freshman Senator to speak with such passion and truth. I also appreciate his ability to dig into the history of the Senate and ask “what would the founders say?” I encourage all Republicans and Democrats and those who have given up on our system to watch this and begin to believe in it again. There are men and women of integrity and true statesmen still out there.

Blackstone’s Commentaries and our English Heritage

Wisdom from our English heritage. Blackstone’s Commentaries was the most influential legal commentary at the time of the framing of the Second Amendment.

-On the Rights of Persons

“IN these several articles consist the rights, or, as they are frequently termed, the liberties of Englishmen :…highly necessary to be perfectly known and considered by every man of rank or property… And we have seen that these rights consist, primarily, in the free enjoyment of personal security, of personal liberty, and of private property. So long as these remain inviolate, the subject is perfectly free ; for every species of compulsive tyranny and oppression must act in opposition to one or other of these rights… To preserve these from violation, it is necessary that the constitution of parliaments be supported in it’s full vigor ; and limits certainly known, be set to the royal prerogative. And, lastly, to vindicate these rights, when actually violated or attacked, the subjects of England are entitled, in the first place, to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law ; next to the right of petitioning the king and parliament for redress of grievances ; and lastly to the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defence. And all thefe rights and liberties it is our birthright to enjoy entire”

William Blackstone’s “Commentaries on the Laws of England” (1765)

Found at: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/blackstone_bk1ch1.asp

The Importance of Morality and Religion in Government – by David Barton

This article was copied directly from http://www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=63 . Wallbuilders is an organization led by historian David Barton.  Their slogan is: “Presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage.” John Adams Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Second President of the United States [I]t is religion and […]

Article- Was the American Revolution a Just War?

Read this article: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/essays/was-the-american-revolution-a-just-war#.VZnkEO_xnAU.facebook

This is a very interesting article that speaks to the traditional Christian understanding of a “just war”. One thing I found interesting was that a Quaker, John Dickinson, was the primary author of “The Declaration on the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms”. Quakers were known to be pacifist in their orientation to war. And if you have ever seen the HBO miniseries “John Adams” you will understand how surprising it is that he authored it as in the show (and in history) he gives the most resistance to accepting a Declaration of Independence and open war with Britain.